High Demand Courses: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the High Demand Courses Program? What are the goals?

The High Demand Courses Program was developed to help address the enrollment demands at SJSU and to off-set the recent course section and teaching reductions (due to budget). The greater goal of this program is to offer additional (and much needed) quality courses to students so that they can progress towards their degree. This program is offered through special session, utilizing online delivery.


What online medium do I have to use to teach my course?

Courses must be offered fully online utilizing the university’s learning management system (LMS), Canvas, and/or other technology platform that your Department, College, and Spartans Online recommend for delivery. Note that these courses should not require any in-person meetings, particularly because students outside the local area may register for the course.


What are the start and end periods for classes taught through the High Demand Courses Program?

The time frames for each semester are as follow:

  • Fall: starting the first week of October to the second week of December (10 weeks)
  • Spring: starting the first week of March to the second week of May (10 weeks)
  • Summer: starting the first week of June to the first week of August (10 weeks)

Specific session dates will be published at least three(3) months prior to the session.


Can I teach a course that is not in the SJSU course catalog?

Courses that will be taught through the High Demand Courses Program must already exist in the SJSU catalog of courses.


How will I be compensated if I teach through the High Demand Courses Program?

Instructor compensation is determined by California State University Salary Schedule "Instructional Faculty, Special Programs," class code 2322.

CIES (not the College/Department) will be responsible for the payment of the instructor’s compensation. Note that the salary schedule is based on a semester rate for one (1) unit. Thus, be sure to calculate for the appropriate unit(s) for the course (i.e., courses are generally 3-units so the value in the salary schedule should be multiplied by 3).


If I am teaching a full load (1.0), can I still teach through the High Demand Courses Program?

Instructors participating in this program need to comply with the California State University (CSU) additional employment policy: faculty employee is permitted additional employment (not to exceed 25% workload overage) compensated by the CSU, funded by General or Non-General Funds (this program is Non-General Funds). Faculty affairs will be reviewing faculty appointment forms to ensure compliance.


Do I need to request approval from my department chair in order to teach through the High Demand Courses Program?

College/Departmental (via the dean and chair) approval is required to teach a course through the High Demand Courses Program. Instructors should discuss with their chair and dean about the course(s) they may be interested in teaching through this program, and coordinate to ensure that it meets College/Department goals. After meeting with your department chair to discuss your interest in participating in the High Demand Courses Program, ask that they send a request for your participation in the program to our office by emailing online@sjsu.edu.


Does enrollment for Spartans Online courses count towards FTEs?

Enrollment in these courses does not count toward FTEs.


What forms do I have to complete and get signatures for, prior to teaching a course through the High Demand Courses Program?

All faculty teaching a course through the High Demand Courses Program will have to complete the Class Section Add Form and the Instruction Appointment Form and get signatures from their Department Chairs and from the College Deans.


Who do I turn the Class Section Add Form and the Instruction Appointment Form in to?

The Class Section Add Form needs to be completed with all the information and signatures and returned to the College of International & Extended Studies. The Instruction Appointment Form needs to be completed with all the appropriate information and signatures and turned in to Faculty Affairs (extended zip 0021) by the due dates that have been assigned to each semester.


Do I have to provide a syllabus prior to teaching a course through the High Demand Courses Program?

Instructors are required to provide an electronic copy of the course syllabus four (4) to six (6) weeks prior to the start of the session so that Spartans Online may share it for marketing and informational purposes.


Will CIES claim any ownership rights to the course I will teach through the High Demand Courses Program?

Intellectual property guidelines as set forth by the F98-3 Intellectual/Creative Property policy will be followed. Instructors, please check with your chair and/or dean regarding the policy. CIES will not and cannot claim any ownership rights to the courses offered in this program.


Will my department/college receive any of the revenue generated from the High Demand Courses Program?

CIES will allocate 19% of the gross revenue generated from this program to the participating College/Department. Each college determines the distribution of the 19% for his/her college. For chairs and instructors, check with your Dean for details since CIES does not specify the final allocation within the college.


When does registration begin for students?

Registration window for these courses will commence approximately two (2) weeks prior to the start of the course/session.


Who will be able to take courses through the High Demand Courses Program?

Courses are available to both matriculated and non-matriculated (via the Open University program) students.


How much will it cost to take courses through the High Demand Courses Program?

Tuition for these courses will be based on per-unit cost ranging from the mid- to high-$300 per unit.